Monthly Archives: November 2013

December Sweet Wine – Rapidan River Blackberry

Rapidan River, a secondary label for Prince Michel Vineyards, has a little known but rich history.  The house on the original Rapidan property was used as a civil war hospital; cannonballs and personal artifacts were routinely discovered as the vineyard … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note

The holidays provide us time for relaxation and reflection.  2013 was a great year!  Our talented ambassador corps logged thousands of miles attending festivals.  Virginia Wine Club President Stewart Reynolds and I had the privilege to touring and tasting the … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Méthode Champenoise (Champagne Method)

First Fermentation: Still wines are blended for Champagne. Cuveé is allowed to ferment from 2 weeks up to 5 months. Second Fermentation: A bottling Dosage (spirits and sugar) and special yeasts are added and are immediately bottled and corked. Disgorging … Continue reading

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Trump Winery 2008 Brut Blanc de Blanc

Without question, this wine is the most highly acclaimed vintage we have shipped since I have been editor of the Virginia Wine Journal.  The most well known awards include: Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013 Jefferson Cup ‘Best in … Continue reading

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Roundabout Cellars Arc De Triomphe 2011

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris France.  In taking this name Roundabout Cellars, much like France, is stating this as their signature wine. Unlike its namesake, I would not call Roundabout … Continue reading

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Roundabout Cellars Crossroads 2011

Virginia is clearly making a name for itself with blended red wines.  The vast majority of the Gold Medalists in the 2013 Governor’s Cup competition were red wine blends. Roundabout Cellars 2011 Crossroads is a slightly different take on blended … Continue reading

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Roundabout Cellars

American author Napoleon Hill once wrote “A goal is a dream with a deadline”.  The Roundabout Cellars brand is testament to what can be accomplished when a dream is supported by passion. While the term “custom crush” has fallen out … Continue reading

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Trump Winery

In some management classes, learners are trained to boil down their operations to one word.  In the case of Trump Winery the word would be “sparkling”. Not only does sparkling describe the revitalized tasting room and the redecorated event hall, … Continue reading

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November Sweet Wine Shenandoah Vineyards Lot 11 Shenandoah Valley Sweet Serenade N.V.

In building this sweet white wine Shenandoah Vineyards smartly kept the sweetness balanced with acidity.  In the glass, this wine presents a goldenrod yellow hue.  The floral nose includes elements of citrus.  The balanced attack leads to a viscose midpalate … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note

I have to start this month’s message with a declaration, “You are right”. A number of members contacted me this past month indicating your desire to see something, “anything” one wrote, other than Chardonnay. “Please find a Pinot Gris” another … Continue reading

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